Crispr & Google Manifesto


Deleting genes

You may have seen the word Crispr floating around quite a bit lately. It’s a gene-editing technique that has the scientific community – not to mention a lot of us – really excited.

The impacts of what Crispr could do for the world in terms of genetic modification are vast, and while it’s caused some skepticism, it’s been proven in multiple lab tests to have far-reaching opportunities.

How exactly does Crispr work? Great question. According to a report by Vox, it’s essentially a clever system built into bacterial DNA that allows them to recognize and fend off attackers, usually viruses.

What does this mean for us?

Recently genetic scientists used Crispr technology to eliminate disease-causing genetic mutations in human embryos. The disease in question? A heart disorder known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which typically causes sudden heart attacks in young people.

As research moves forward with this technology, it could cause massive reductions in congenital diseases, as well as diseases that affect the immune system – like HIV. It’ll probably be a while before major human trials start, but this could, quite literally, save the world.

Science rules

About that memo…

Google’s had some trouble with transparency and gender pay gaps lately. They were actually hit with a lawsuit about compensation data back in January. The data showed that women at Google were typically paid less than their male counterparts, even if they did the same work.

Well apparently, a Google bro decided he would defend Google. He sent out a 10-page memo criticizing Google’s diversity programs and essentially saying that women shouldn’t be engineers because they’re “intrinsically different” from men and more “neurotic”.

So… what happened?

The “manifesto”, as it’s been called, is ridiculously patronizing and perpetuates terrible stereotypes about men and women in the workplace. Despite Google’s recent snafus with pay gaps, it has put forth a lot of effort over the years to increase diversity in technological fields. The CEO, Sundar Pichai, actually cut short his vacation to deal with this memo.

Well, brobeans was fired for “perpetuating gender stereotypes”, according to what he told Bloomberg. Google has yet to confirm, but it seems likely to be true. Best of luck in the job search, dude.

A word from another Googler

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